The Secretary-General of the United Nations, Antonio Guterres, informed Security Council members of the nomination of former Algerian Foreign Minister, Sabri Boukadoum, to lead the United Nations Support Mission in Libya.
The name of the Algerian diplomat was proposed after the intensive movement with the United Nations to push for the selection of an African candidate for the post.
Boukadoum held the position of Permanent Representative of Algeria to the United Nations from December 2013 until his appointment as Algerian Minister of Foreign Affairs on March 31, 2019. He held that post until the July 2021 appointment of Ramtane Lamamra.
Before that, Boukadoum served as ambassador to Portugal and Côte d'Ivoire.
He also served as the United Nations Assistant Director for Political Affairs and Disarmament from 1992 to 1993.
The United States had previously opposed the appointment of the Algerian diplomat and current Foreign Minister, Ramtane Lamamra, as a UN envoy to Libya, before the task was entrusted to Jan Kubis.
Kubis resigned from the position in November 2021 and it has remained vacant since.
Stephanie Williams took up a role as the UN Secretary-General's Special Adviser on Libya after Kubis' exit, but is scheduled to depart on June 30.